MWS Quiz Retrospective 8th July 2020

The society have been running quizzes every few weeks to enable members to keep in contact; most of these have been posted to the blog for those who were not able to join in, and for our non-member viewers. There were a few set by Peter from last year that didn’t make it onto the website, here’s the first of them. Answers in a few days. AK.

Q01a      What was the name of the disastrous battle in the early 1stC AD in which three Roman legions were destroyed

Q01b     Give the date (within 5 yrs), and/or one of the commanders

Q02a      Identify this WW2 aircraft

Question 2a

Q02b     What was it’s nickname

Q03a      Name this character from The Lord of the Rings

Question 3a

Q03b     Where was his home

Q04a      Name the Avalon-Hill boardgame which covers major ship-to-ship combats from the age of sail?

Q04b     When was the song “Hearts of Oak” made popular? Give the war and/or year.

Q05a      What was the first major battle of The Hundred Years War which saw widespread use of the longbow

Q05b     How long is it generally agreed that the war lasted

Q06a      General Sherman said “…the man must be stopped…even if it takes 10,000 men and bankrupts this treasury…”. Which Confederate general was he talking about?

Q06b     Which post-war organisation is this person said to have helped to found?

Q07a      What is the official name of this branch of a fictional military force?

Question 7a

Q07b     What is the name or number of the planet to which they accompany Ellen Ripley

Q08a      Which 17thC French engineer gave his name to an entire system of fortifications?

Q08b     What is the term for a covered trench heading towards the enemy, which gave rise to specialised engineer units of the same name

Q09a      Although imitated later, the 18ft pike was the favoured weapon of mercenaries from which country during the early Renaissance Wars?

Q09b     Before embarking on their lucrative & violent career as mercenaries, how did they contribute to the unification of France under a single crown?

Q10a      Which war was expected to be so short that troops would be “…Home before the leaves fall from the trees…”?

Q10b     Who is credited with saying that

Q11a      What is this Napoleonic soldier commonly called

Question 11a

Q11b     Which nationality originally supplied the 2nd ‘Red’ Lancer Regt?

Q12a      In 2012, the MWS put on a game featuring the daring WW2 attack on which bridges

Q12b     Who was the actor who played Major Howard in the film ‘The Longest Day’, and why was he a good choice

 

That’s a Nasty Habit

Club member Steve conducted a series series of polls on the club’s modelling and painting habits over the Christmas/New Year 2020.

QUESTION 1
What paints do you use?

100% said they used acrylics. No real big surprise there. Although one person did say he uses both acrylic and enamel (Dave – you crazy kid, you!).

QUESTION 2
What make of paints do you use?

A lot more variety here. The most popular were Vallejo with 24.4%. I was surprised by what came second – Tamiya, with 14.6%. I think Tamiya use some kind of oil medium, which is why they curdle and can be a challenge to paint miniatures with, though probably not so bad when it comes to vehicles and buildings and things with other large surfaces. GW came in third with 12.2%. Then Army Painter, Humbrol, and ‘artist’s acrylics’ with 9.8% each (I cannot believe Coat d’Arms wasn’t even on the list! JC).

QUESTION 3
Which colour do you find the hardest to shade and highlight?

I expected red to romp home with this. It didn’t though. The most popular answer was yellow, with 53.8%. I was surprised at that, because I find yellow one of the easiest. Second was a tie between red and black with 15.4% each, and then both white and metallic with 7.7% each.

QUESTION 4
Do you brush or spray varnish?
Spray on got 53.3% and brush on got 46.7%. Fairly even (some of us use both JC).

QUESTION 5
Which brushes do you use?
Mid-range brushes (Daler Rowney, etc) were most popular with 10.4%. A surprising 7.8% went with those dreadful cheap brushes from The Works – I’ve tried them and they lasted all of one painting session. 2.6% went with decent sable brushes (I recently bought a kaplinsky sable brush and it is an absolute gem). 3.9% treated themselves to a proper miniatures painting brush (not sure what that is, to be honest).

Brush care also came into it. 2.6% take proper care of our brushes, giving them a clean after each session. 5.2% give them a clean once in a blue moon. 3.9% are heartless and cold and take no care of their brushes and just throw them away when they’re no good.

11.7% said they use size 0 and 1 brushes for miniatures painting. 2.6% said they go up to size 2 or 3 (must be painting giants with brushes that size!).

9.1% confessed to putting their brushes in their mouths (come on, must be more than that, surely!). And 7.8% admitted to having put their brushes in a cup of tea accidentally.

QUESTION 6
What colour Undercoat?
Both black and white came out jointly on top – with 33.3% each. Grey was next, with 20%, then both brown and ‘other’ with 6.7% each.

QUESTION 7
Metal or plastic miniatures?
40% of us prefer the heft of metal on the battlefield. 26.7% use metal but have the odd plastic figure, and 26.7% don’t care whether it’s metal or plastic just so long as it’s cheap! This left 6.7% who use the Devil’s cocktail – plastic!

QUESTION 8
Do you make or buy terrain?
I get the feeling that MWS is quite a modelling-strong club so it would be interesting to see what our modelling habits were.

22.6% took the middle road – making what they can and buying what they can’t. Which is fair enough. 16.1% confessed to buying the horror that is MDF terrain – shame on them! Another 16.1% said they preferred resin terrain pieces. 12.9% said they buy terrain, whilst 9.7% said they always make and never buy. picture of model buildings3.2% decadent souls said they have more money than sense and pay others to make it for them! 6.5% of us said that making terrain was one of the most enjoyable aspects of the hobby. Which it is. And a disappointing 9.7% admitted to being so bad at terrain making that even MW’s Wargames Widow was inspiring. Can things be that bad? (In Steve’s opinion JC).

So there we go – a review of the club’s modelling and painting habits. I’ll leave you to draw whatever conclusions you want from the results. Let us know how your habits agree or differ with those of the club because it’ll be interesting to see how representative we are with the hobby as a whole.

Maybe someone else can run a series of polls on our gaming habits

Quiz Night 16-12-2020 – Answers

Jeremey puts us out of our misery with the answers to last weeks Quiz

Round 1
Still Playing with Toy Soldiers (1 point for each correct answer)

1. The earliest discovered toy soldiers date to what year?
2000BC two sets of painted soldiers carved from wood; one of Egyptian heavy infantry and one of Numidian light infantry in the tomb of Prince Emsah
2. In what year was toy soldier company ‘Britains’ formed?
1893
3. What year did the first Salute show take place?
1972

Round 2
Do You Know a Little German? (1 point for each correct answer)

Translate the following German words:
4. Sturmtiger – Storm Tiger
5. Kampfschwimmer – Combat Swimmers
6. Hummel – Bumblebee
7. Kriegsspiel – War Game

Round 3
It’s Never that Old! (1 point for each wargame in the correct order)

8. Rank these Rules in the Order They Were Published:
Basic Impetus
Field of Glory
Warmaster Ancients

Warmaster Ancients (2005)
Basic Impetus (2006)
Field of Glory (2008)

Round 4
A Lesson from History (1 point for each wargame in the correct order)

9. During the battle of Aqaba Lawrence of Arabia was knocked unconscious. What caused his injuries?
Lawrence fell from his own camel after accidently shooting it in the head
10. On the 15th August 1943 allied forces suffered 313 casualties capturing Kiska Island from the Japanese. What is this encounter most famous for?
The Japanese defenders had left 2 weeks earlier

Round 5
Call Yourself a Member? (1 point for each correct answer)

11. As of today how many show prizes has the club won:
21 – Correct
22
23
12. Between 2002-2010, according to the club diary, which miniature size was used the most for games?
6mm (51)
15mm (72) – Correct
25/28mm (47)

Round 6
A Birds Eye View (1 point for each correct answer)

13. What Castle is This? Bodiam Castle
14. What Castle is This? Pevensey Castle
15. What Castle is This? Barnard Castle (couldn’t resist)

Round 7
A Viking We Will Go! (1 point for each correct answer)

16. Name these three films featuring Vikings from the soundtrack

The Vikings (1958)

The 13th Warrior

How to Train Your Dragon

Round 8
Carry On Sergeant! (1 point for each correct answer)

What did these famous people serve in, the Army, Airforce or Navy?
17. Roald Dahl – Airforce
18. Alec Guinness – Navy
19. Tony Bennett – Army

Round 9
I May not Know Much About Art (1 point for each correct answer)
20. Which Battle? Battle of Quatre Bras
21. Which Battle? Battle of Crecy
22. Which Battle? Battle of the Five Armies (The Hobbit)

Round 10
We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat! (1 point for each correct answer)

23. What was the name of the largest ship to take part in the battle of Trafalgar?
Santisima Trinidad
24. How many guns did it have at the time of the Battle?
136

Round 11
A Tight Squeeze! (1 point for each correct answer)

How many crew in each tank?
25. T80 – Crew of 3
26. Hertzer – Crew of 4
27. Tron – Crew of 2

Round 12
He’s Making It Up! (1 point for each correct answer, but -1 point for each fake you thought was real!)

28. Which of these battles are real?
1. Battle of Syme naval battle in 411 BC (Sparta and Athens)
2. Battle of Loos WWI 1915
3. Battle of Upton Creek – FAKE
4. Battle of Pease Bottom 1873 (USA and Sioux)
5. Battle of Wobble Field – FAKE
6. Battle of Pudding Valley – FAKE
7. Battle of Meelick Island Connacht and Leinster 1650
8. Battle of Angry Rock – FAKE
9. Battle of Flushing naval battle Eighty Years’ War 1573
10. Battle of Linton Moor – FAKE

Tiebreaker
Now that’s a Big Gun! (And if you had a go of the Tiebreaker)

How Heavy is Mons Meg (in pounds)? 15,366 pounds

Do let us know how you did, the club winning score was 19!

Quiz Night 16-12-2020 ‘Call Yourself a Wargamer’

Jeremey tries his hand at this weeks quiz with an eclectic choice of questions.

Round 1
Still Playing with Toy Soldiers

1. The earliest discovered toy soldiers date to what year?
2. In what year was toy soldier company ‘Britains’ formed?
3. What year did the first Salute show take place?

Round 2
Do You Know a Little German?

Translate the following German words:
4. Sturmtiger
5. Kampfschwimmer
6. Hummel
7. Kriegsspiel

Round 3
It’s Never that Old!

8. Rank these Rules in the Order They Were Published:
Basic Impetus
Field of Glory
Warmaster Ancients

Round 4
A Lesson from History

9. During the battle of Aqaba Lawrence of Arabia was knocked unconscious. What caused his injuries?
10. On the 15th August 1943 allied forces suffered 313 casualties capturing Kiska Island from the Japanese. What is this encounter most famous for?

Round 5
Call Yourself a Member?

11. As of today how many show prizes has the club won:
21
22
23
12. Between 2002-2010, according to the club diary, which miniature size was used the most for games?
6mm
15mm
25/28mm

Round 6
A Birds Eye View

13. What Castle is This?
14. What Castle is This?
15. What Castle is This?

Round 7
A Viking We Will Go!

16. Name these three films featuring Vikings from the soundtrack

Round 8
Carry On Sergeant!

What did these famous people serve in, the Army, Airforce or Navy?
17. Roald Dahl
18. Alec Guinness
19. Tony Bennett

Round 9
I May not Know Much About Art
20. Which Battle?
21. Which Battle?
22. Which Battle?

Round 10
We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat!

23. What was the name of the largest ship to take part in the battle of Trafalgar?
24. How many guns did it have at the time of the Battle?

Round 11
A Tight Squeeze!

How many crew in each tank?
25. T80
26. Hertzer
27. Tron

Round 12
He’s Making It Up!

28. Which of these battles are real?
1. Battle of Syme
2. Battle of Loos
3. Battle of Upton Creek
4. Battle of Pease Bottom
5. Battle of Wobble Field
6. Battle of Pudding Valley
7. Battle of Meelick Island
8. Battle of Angry Rock
9. Battle of Flushing
10. Battle of Linton Moor

Tiebreaker
Now that’s a Big Gun!

How Heavy is Mons Meg (in pounds)?

Quiz Night 02-12-2020 – Answers


1A) – Which pair of brothers led the Anglo-Saxon forces at the Battle of Aylesford in AD.455 ?
Hengist and Horsa
1B) – Hengist and Horsa and are reputed to have landed in Kent at Ebbsfleet, near Pegwell Bay; which other famous invader is said to have come ashore in the same place 400 years earlier?
Julius Caesar (54AD)


2A) – What is this famous North Kent landmark ?
Reculver Towers
2B) – What is it the remains of ?
A medieval church (converted in C.12th from an Anglo-Saxon Monastery). Although it was built on the site of a Roman camp, the towers were not part of that.


3A) – Name this castle.
Deal Castle
3B) – Who was responsible for its construction ?
It is one of Henry VIII’s Device Forts.


4A) – During the siege of Rochester Castle in 1215, what was used to fire the props where the castle had been undermined, causing one of the towers to collapse ?
‘Forty slaughtered fat pigs’ were used to set fire to the props
4B) – The collapsed tower was subsequently rebuilt, but not as originally constructed – how did it differ?
The new tower was round rather than square.


5A) and 5B) – Name the commanders of the respective forces in the Battle of Maidstone (1648).
Earl of Norwich (Royalists) and Sir Thomas Fairfax (Parliamentarians)


6A) – Name the first warship to be built at Sheerness Dockyard in 1693.
HMS Medway
6B) – Name the last Royal Navy vessel to be built at Chatham Dockyard, completed in 1962.
HMS Ocelot


7A) – What defensive structure was built on Romney Marsh between 1804 and 1809 ?
The Royal Military Canal
7B) – How did the iconic Kentish defensive symbol, the Martello Tower, get its name?
The design was inspired by the Torra di Mortella in Corsica; the name was mis-spelled/corrupted to become Martello.


8A) – Garrison Point Fort (above) and Cliffe Fort were both fitted with a particular type of weapon in 1890 – what was that ?
Brennan Land-launched Torpedo
8B) – One of the Royal Navy’s main airship stations was in north Kent – where was it located ?
RNAS Kingsnorth


9A) – What’s the name of this type of radar installation ?
Chain Home
9B) – Sound mirrors were effectively the precursors to radar, and a number were built on the Kent coast between the wars. To increase their effectiveness, a number of new operators were recruited, all with a particular characteristic – what was that ?
They were all blind


10A) – Name this famous aircraft, built on the banks of the Medway at Borstal.
Shorts Sunderland


10B) – What type of tank is this ? A battalion of them was allocated to the defence of Fortress Maidstone in 1940-41.
Matilda Mk.II


11A) – What links the Walmington-on-Sea platoon in Dad’s Army directly to Kent?
They wear Royal West Kent Regiment cap badges
11B) – Where was the final overseas deployment of the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment, when they fought against the EOKA rebels ?
CyprusCyprus


12A) – Which Imperial Admiral lived in this house in Whitstable?
Grand Moff Tarkin, or Peter Cushing
12B) – What famous science-fiction author was born in and spent much of his life in Kent, and set parts of some of his books in the county, including a balloon landing on Dymchurch beach?
HG Wells

Quiz Night 02-12-2020 – Man of Kent or Kentish Man ?

Tony F takes his turn in the quizmaster’s chair with a locally based set of questions – answers in a few days time.

1A) – Which pair of brothers led the Anglo-Saxon forces at the Battle of Aylesford in AD.455 ?
1B) – Hengist and Horsa and are reputed to have landed in Kent at Ebbsfleet, near Pegwell Bay; which other famous invader is said to have come ashore in the same place 400 years earlier?


2A) – What is this famous North Kent landmark ?
2B) – What is it the remains of ?


3A) – Name this castle.
3B) – Who was responsible for its construction ?


4A) – During the siege of Rochester Castle in 1215, what was used to fire the props where the castle had been undermined, causing one of the towers to collapse ?
4B) – The collapsed tower was subsequently rebuilt, but not as originally constructed – how did it differ?


5A) and 5B) – Name the commanders of the respective forces in the Battle of Maidstone (1648).


6A) – Name the first warship to be built at Sheerness Dockyard in 1693.
6B) – Name the last Royal Navy vessel to be built at Chatham Dockyard, completed in 1962.


7A) – What defensive structure was built on Romney Marsh between 1804 and 1809 ?
7B) – How did the iconic Kentish defensive symbol, the Martello Tower, get its name?


8A) – Garrison Point Fort (above) and Cliffe Fort were both fitted with a particular type of weapon in 1890 – what was that ?
8B) – One of the Royal Navy’s main airship stations was in north Kent – where was it located ?


9A) – What’s the name of this type of radar installation ?
9B) – Sound mirrors were effectively the precursors to radar, and a number were built on the Kent coast between the wars. To increase their effectiveness, a number of new operators were recruited, all with a particular characteristic – what was that ?


10A) – Name this famous aircraft, built on the banks of the Medway at Borstal.


10B) – What type of tank is this ? A battalion of them was allocated to the defence of Fortress Maidstone in 1940-41.


11A) – What links the Walmington-on-Sea platoon in Dad’s Army directly to Kent?
11B) – Where was the final overseas deployment of the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment, when they fought against the EOKA rebels ?


12A) – Which Imperial Admiral lived in this house in Whitstable?
12B) – What famous science-fiction author was born in and spent much of his life in Kent, and set parts of some of his books in the county, including a balloon landing on Dymchurch beach?

MWS Quiz 18/11/2020 Answers

Here are the answers to Mark’s fiendish quiz. The best score when Mark ran this quiz on the 18th was 11 points, did anyone do better?

Question 1

1.a. This is the cap badge of the famous Tyneside Scottish regiment, an honour title held by a variety of British army units since 1914, excluding the current holder, how many units have held this title, bonus point if you can name them?

3 – Durham Light Infantry, Northumberland Fusiliers, Black Watch

1.b. Which regiment currently holds the title?

Royal Artillery (204 battery)

Question 2

2.a. Name the weapon.

MP 18

2.b. This weapon was mainly used during which WWI offensive?

Kaiserschlacht (1918)

Question 3

3.a. Which 100 years’ war battle does this painting represent?

Crecy 1346

3.b. Genoese crossbowmen are said to have led the French assault but where quickly beaten back by English/Welsh longbowmen. The Genoese are said to have been wiped out to a man, but not by the Longbowmen, what happened to them?

Overrun by French knights 

Question 4

4.a. Can you name the maker and mark of this tank?

Vickers-Armstrong Mark E

4.b. This tank was built for the British army but was rejected by Army Command, odd as the tank was highly advanced for the time, the Russians bought a large number and used it as the basis for their infantry support tanks, such as the T26. Why did British Army Command reject this tank?

It didn’t have a 3 man turret, which was a requirement at the time.

Question 5

5.a. Can you name this aircraft?

Boulton Paul Defiant (The aircraft pictured is the only complete original aircraft remaining and was restored at the Medway Aircraft Preservation Society (MAPS) at Rochester Airport between 2009 & 2012, link)

5.b. The picture shows this aircraft in night fighter livery, while the aircraft was a reasonably successful night fighter, it was very vulnerable to attack from enemy fighters, why?

It had no forward facing machine guns.  

Question 6

6.a. The Siege of Newcastle took place during the first English Civil War in 1644, the city eventually fell to a Covenanter army, with the Royalists holding the castle keep in the centre of the city and surrendering under favourable terms, on 26th October 1644. How long did the siege take to the nearest month?

8 months: February to October 1664

6.b. This wasn’t the first time Newcastle had been besieged by a Scottish Covenanter army, can you tell me in which war this previous event took place?

The Second Bishops’ War 1640

Question 7

7.a. Can you tell me the official German name or designation of this infantry support tank?

Sturmpanzer 43 or SdKfz 166

7.b. What nickname did allied intelligence use, bonus point if you can tell me the German nickname?

Allied intelligence: Brummbar (Grouch), German nickname: Stupa

Question 8

8.a. This is Sergeant Edward Stanley Dixon of the Tyne Electrical Engineers (TEE), he served with the TEE throughout WWI returning to Gallowgate in 1919, where he went on to play professional football scoring 50 goals for his club. Which club did he play for?

Newcastle United

8.b. The TEE’s primary role was coastal and AA defence, however a few did serve on the Western Front, famously earning the nickname ‘the suicide brigade’, why?

They used oxyacetylene search lights to search for raiding parties in no-mans land.

Question 9

9.a. This is a picture of Lord Collingwood, another famous son of Newcastle, he regularly served with and succeeded Nelson and led one of the British lines at the battle of Trafalgar, the other line being led by Nelson in the Victory, what was the name of Collingwood’s ship?

H.M.S. Royal Sovereign

9.b. Which nations fought in the battle?

British, French and Spanish

Question 10

10.a. This special edition of a very famous Newcastle beverage was produced to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the battle of Otterburn. Which year is the battle said to have took place?

1388

10.b. The battle of Otterburn was fought between a Scottish army lead by Sir James Douglas and English army led by Sir Henry ‘Hotspur’ Percy? It is claimed that Douglas previously took something from Percy as they fought next the Newcastle City Wall, what did Douglas take from Percy?

His pennon (blue lion rampant)

Question 11

11.a. This is a picture of Housteads Roman fort, what is it’s Roman/Latin name (latest interpretation)?

 Vercovicium

11.b. When did building begin on the stone version of the fort?

124 AD, allow 5 years either way.

Question 12

12.a. This is a picture of the last HMS Newcastle (not including the forthcoming type 26 frigate), what Type of ship was she?

Type 42 Destroyer

12.b. How many royal navy ships have borne the name Newcastle, and when was the first Newcastle launched (bonus)?

There have been 8 ships bearing the name H.M.S Newcastle, the first launched in 1653.

MWS Quiz 18/11/2020

Last week Mark J set the questions, with a “North East” theme. Answers in a couple of days.

Question 1

1.a. This is the cap badge of the famous Tyneside Scottish regiment, an honour title held by a variety of British army units since 1914. Excluding the current holder, how many units have held this title, bonus point if you can name them?

1.b. Which regiment currently holds the title?

Question 2

2.a. Name the weapon.

2.b. This weapon was mainly used during which WWI offensive?

Question 3

3.a. Which 100 years’ war battle does this painting represent?

3.b. Genoese crossbowmen are said to have led the French assault but where quickly beaten back by English/Welsh longbowmen. The Genoese are said to have been wiped out to a man, but not by the Longbowmen, what happened to them?

Question 4

4.a. Can you name the maker and mark of this tank?

4.b. This tank was built for the British army but was rejected by Army Command, odd as the tank was highly advanced for the time, the Russians bought a large number and used it as the basis for their infantry support tanks, such as the T26. Why did British Army Command reject this tank?

Question 5

5.a. Can you name this aircraft?

5.b. The picture shows this aircraft in night fighter livery, while the aircraft was a reasonably successful night fighter, it was very vulnerable to attack from enemy fighters, why?

Question 6

6.a. The Siege of Newcastle took place during the first English Civil War in 1644, the city eventually fell to a Covenanter army, with the Royalists holding the castle keep in the centre of the city and surrendering under favourable terms, on 26th October 1644. How long did the siege take to the nearest month?

6.b. This wasn’t the first time Newcastle had been besieged by a Scottish Covenanter army, can you tell me in which war this previous event took place?

Question 7

7.a. Can you tell me the official German name or designation of this infantry support tank?

7.b. What nickname did allied intel use, bonus point if you can tell me the German nickname?

Question 8

8.a. This is Sergeant Edward Stanley Dixon of the Tyne Electrical Engineers (TEE), he served with the TEE throughout WWI returning to Gallowgate in 1919, where he went on to play professional football scoring 50 goals for his club. Which club did he play for?

8.b. The TEE’s primary role was coastal and AA defence, however a few did serve on the Western Front, famously earning the nickname ‘the suicide brigade’, why?

Question 9

9.a. This is a picture of Lord Collingwood, another famous son of Newcastle, he regularly served with and succeeded Nelson and led one of the British lines at the battle of Trafalgar, the other line being led by Nelson in the Victory, what was the name of Collingwood’s ship?

9.b. Which nations fought in the battle?

Question 10

10.a. This special edition of a very famous Newcastle beverage was produced to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the battle of Otterburn. Which year is the battle said to have took place?

10.b. The battle of Otterburn was fought between a Scottish army lead by Sir James Douglas and English army led by Sir Henry ‘Hotspur’ Percy? It is claimed that Douglas previously took something from Percy as they fought next the Newcastle City Wall, what did Douglas take from Percy?

Question 11

11.a. This is a picture of Housteads Roman fort, what is it’s Roman/Latin name (latest interpretation)?

11.b. When did building begin on the stone version of the fort?

Question 12

12.a. This is a picture of the last HMS Newcastle to serve (not including the forthcoming type 26 frigate), what Type of ship was she?

12.b. How many royal navy ships have borne the name Newcastle, and when was the first Newcastle launched (bonus)?

MWS Quiz Answers 04/11/2020

Here are the answers to Peter’s latest quiz. How did you do?

Q1. Not him again!

a) Name three Errol Flynn ‘historical’ films from 1936-40

Answer: They Died with Their Boots On, Charge of the Light Brigade, Robin Hood, Capt. Blood, The Sea Hawk, Private Lives of Elizabeth & Essex, Dawn Patrol, Santa Fe Trail (appalling!)

b) How many times has John Wayne played a colonel? +/-2

Answer: 11 (Green Berets, 2x WW2, 7x 19thC, 1x 1950s a/c)

Q2. Ancients

a) In 1963 and 1964, two films were made which portrayed the last years of Julius Caesar. Who played Mark Anthony in each film?

Answer: Richard Burton (Cleopatra), Sid James (Carry On Cleo)

b) One of them also portrayed another significant leader of the ancient world – who?

Answer: Richard Burton also played Alexander The Great

Q3. Naval contemplation

a) Name two RN combat films set in the Napoleonic period.

Answer: Billy Budd, Master & Commander, Capt. Horatio Hornblower, HMS Defiant

b) Name two films which feature a major German surface ship.

Answer: Sink The Bismark, Above Us The Waves, Shout At The Devil, Battle of the River Plate, Submarine X-1

Q4. Lie of the Land.

a) Which battle area is this meant to portray?

Question 4A

Answer: Ardennes forest (Battle of the Bulge)

b) Which of the following tanks has NOT been used to portray a WW2 German tank in a movie?

Question 4B

Answer:  None, – they all have!

 M7 Priest SP (Ice Cold In Alex), M47 (Battle oof the Bulge), T34 (Kelly’s Heroes), M48 (Patton), T54 (various East. European), Leopard 1 (Bridge Too Far), SU100 (Wheels of Terror), Tiger 1, 2, Panther (Theirs Is The Glory)

Q5. Take Two

a) Which two leading Hollywood actors have portrayed Genghis Khan?

Answer: Omar Sharif, John Wayne

b) John Cleese and John Wayne both portrayed the same (type) of officer in the same historical locations – twice! What were the positions they played?

Answer: Roman centurions (Life of Brian – 1979, Greatest Story Ever Told – 1965) and US Town Marshals (Silverado, loads!)

Q6. The Caine Family

a) How many serving military ranks has Michael Caine been *credited* with portraying? ANS WITHIN +/-1

Answer: Nine: Pvt – A Hill In Korea (1956), Too Late The Hero (1970, WW2 Burma), Sgt – Ipcress File, Funeral In Berlin, Lt – Zulu (1964), Capt. – Play Dirty (1969, WW2 desert), Escape To Victory (1981), Maj. – The Black Windmill, Sdn Ldr – Battle of Britain (1969), Lt. Col – Bridge Too Far (1974), Col – Eagle Has Landed, Gen. – Dear Dictator (2017)

b) Which army ranks as he not held on screen?

Answer: Corporal, Field Marshal

Q7. Reach for the sky

a) In which film did this ‘fake Albatross & FOKKER DVII ‘ first appear?

Question 7A

Answer: The Blue Max

b) The AVRO Vulcan appeared in which film?

Question 7B

Answer: Thunderball

Q8. Sub-standard

a) Name three films featuring what are meant to be U-Boats (not original newsreel clips)?

Answer: The Cruel Sea, Enemy Below, The Sea Wolves, In Which We Serve, Das Boot, U571, McKenzie Break, Murphy’s War, Bear Island, Mystery Submarine, Greyhound, Enigma, The Imitation Game, The Land That Time Forgot, Assault on a Queen, Batman, Raiders of the Lost Ark

b) Name two films featuring atomic submarines (Not including the two in ‘Hunt For Red October’! which were featured in an earlier quiz)

Answer: 20,000 Leagues, The Spy Who Loved Me, Fantastic Voyage, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea, It Came From 20,000 Fathoms, Godzilla(s), Crimson Tide, K19 Widow-maker, Grey Lady Down, Ice Station Zebra, Bedford Incident, The Abyss, On The Beach

Q9. Hit the Beach

a) Robert Mitchum appeared in two films featuring WW2 beach assaults; name them?

Answer: The Longest Day, Anzio

b) Name one WW2 film in which John Wayne dies.

Answer: Sands of Iwo-Jima, Fighting SeaBees, The Sea Chase

Q10. Uniformity

a) Name one film which correctly features the following: WW2 German paratroopers or WW2 German Alpine Corps?

Answer:

WW2 German paratroopers: The Eagle Has Landed

WW2 German Alpine Corps: Guns of Navarone, Where Eagles Dare, Force 10 From Navarone

b) Name one film which correctly features the following: 11thC Knights or French Napoleonic Light Cavalry Uniforms?

Answer:

11thC Knights: The Warlord, El Cid

French Napoleonic Light Cavalry Uniforms: The Duellists, War & Peace (Soviet version – raided numerous museums!)

Q11. Vive L’Empereur

a) The CS Forrester book ‘The Gun’ was made into which film, and who played the leader of the Spanish Guerrillas?

Answer: The Pride & The Passion / Frank Sinatra

b) Name two Hollywood actors who have played the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

Answer: Rod Steiger, Ian Holm, Charles Boyer, Herbert Lom, Eli Wallach, Marlon Brando, Claude Rains, Dennis Hopper

Q12. So, how do you get to be King (or Queen) then?

a) Name three actors who have played Henry VIII

Answer: Keith Michel, Charles Laughton (x3), Richard Burton, Robert Shaw, James Robertson Justice, Charlton Heston, Sid James

b) Name three people who have portrayed Elizabeth I

Answer: Glenda Jackson, Flora Robson, Bette Davis, Judy Dench, Margot Robbie, Cate Blanchett, Florence Eldridge – and Quentin Crisp!